A herniated disc (also known as a slipped disc, or bulging disc) is when there is a rupture in the outer layer of the cushions (discs) between the vertebrae. The discs have softer inner core, like a jelly filled donut. Sometimes due to injury or simply wear and tear, the tough, outer “skin” of the disc will develop a crack, and then the gelatinous center leaks out. This can irritate nearby nerves and cause searing pain.
Most herniated discs occur between the ages of 30 and 50, and are due to the effects of aging. After the age of 50, however, there is less fluid in the discs, so herniated discs are less common.
In most cases, herniated discs will heal on their own, given enough time. Unfortunately the extreme pain that is experienced during that period of time can be debilitating. Electrical Nerve Stimulation is non-invasive treatment option that avoids the risks of surgery and the side effects of medication.
What is Electrical Nerve Stimulation?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation administers low level electrical currents to the herniated disc area. This is accomplished by placing the electrodes that carry the current directly on the skin, or just under the skin via a small incision. The patient usually experiences little or no pain, but may experience a tingling sensation. Typically, this treatment is administered by a machine called a TENS device. The scientific principle that enables this treatment to work has yet to be fully defined, and it doesn’t produce pain relief in all clients.
TrueTESLA Electrical Nerve and Muscle Stimulation
Because of the limitations of a typical TENS device, the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers offer a unique treatment called TrueTESLA Electric Nerve and Muscle Stimulation. This procedure surpases the results of a TENS device by increasing the voltage, while maintaining low amperage of the electrical current. Consequently, not only is back pain blocked, but it stimulates muscle fibers as well.
The improved function of TrueTESLA Electrical Nerve and Muscle Stimulation allows us to treat even advanced cases of herniated disc back pain– without drugs or surgery.
Other benefits that exceed the typical TENS machine treatment include increased blood circulation (this facilitates natural healing), easing of muscle spasms, improved range of motion, prevention of atrophy due to muscle disuse, and muscle re-education (reacclimating the muscles to the way they functioned before the herniated disc occured.)
The benefits are twofold: TrueTESLA technology supports and enhances the body’s natural healing ability, while reducing severe pain.